Northeast Iowa Wins The Rain Game

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - When it comes to rainfall, northeast Iowa has been winning. And, not just by a little bit.

In looking at data from January 1st, 2016 all the way until yesterday, the rainfall pattern is plain as day. It’s just not falling well over southern Iowa, with a huge surplus over northern Iowa. Look at those differences! From 40” above normal in Charles City, to 25” below normal in Ottumwa. That is remarkable, and very persistent. There’s a 65” difference in total precipitation (120” vs 55”) between those two sites since January 1st, 2016.

Drought breeds more drought. At least that’s the way it usually goes. Sure enough, the system today will be heavier north, and hardly anything will fall farther south.